I might be late to the train but I’ve gotten super into podcasts in the last year.
Music is 100% necessary in my life so I had this notion podcast listeners were boring or had no life. Don’t get me started on NPR…
It began innocently with one motivational video on YouTube my sister sent me. I remember lying in bed that night listening to it over and over on my phone. It didn’t matter what was on the screen-I think I only “watched” it twice-but I felt the phrases and music seeping into my brain as I let it all sink in. I listened to it at least once a day for weeks. Suddenly the words would play in my head. Like when I’d be running on the treadmill and wanting to jump off. I’d go to extra mile. Literally.
Now, I know the running example is a little cliche but this started a fire in me. Wait, what? I could actually be learning something while I’m straightening my bangs? Or while I’m driving? And yes, I mean learning something other than Taylor’s new lyrics. Don’t even. I already got “Look What You Made Me Do” down.
I noticed my favorite authors and entrepreneurs had podcasts! So I got off my high horse and grabbed some headphones…speaking of which, I need recs for some comfy ones. My ears deserve better.
Where to begin? For me, I need to enjoy the host. If I don’t like your style, let’s be real, I’m probably not gonna listen. It doesn’t matter if you’re discussing the best lines from Chris Farley or anything else I’d normally be into.
Now, my favorites and what vibe you can expect…In alphabetical order, because structure makes me feel safe.
Lindsay Simcik-SoulCycle Instructor and actress; Krista Williams-blogger. They tell you it’s okay to not have it all figured out. Fun, but enlightened, 20-something conversations full of self-development inspo.
Listen if: You’re in need of some girl talk and wine.
He’s easy on the eyes, maybe you should watch the YouTube version, actually so you don’t miss out. Chase is like high school homecoming king that everyone loved. He quit med school to become a world-class photographer…I know.
Listen if: You want to learn photog tips from the guy who’s shot Serena Williams and Roger Federer.
Lori is a former fitness competitor but she focuses on finding your passion and following your path. I love her “quickie” episodes (“because there’s always time for inspiration!”) when I don’t have an hour to listen to a full interview.
Listen if: You need your own personal cheerleader!
The host is the co-founder of Quest Nutrition, Tom Bilyeu. He’s unapologetically nerdy and obsessed with learning about the human mind.
Listen if: You think The Matrix holds life’s secrets.
Ahh, Marie! My multi-passionate friend. She’s a life coach who also runs a business program. She’s hilarious and dances around in costumes I want and need in my life. But she’s super savvy when it comes to being your own boss. (This is another show that’s fun to watch, not just listen!)
Listen if: You’re torn between binge-watching SNL and working on your side biz.
Oprah sits down with top experts, like Deepak Chopra, and pretty much discusses, in-depth, “soulful” everything. I’ve secretly listened to Alanis Morissette’s episode 3 times…
Listen if: Oprah is your spirit animal.
Former pro football player-turned-LinkedIn expert, Lewis is kind-hearted and easy-going. He’s connects with everyone he speaks to and is genuinely curious about life.
Listen if: You want advice from the big brother you never had.
Elizabeth Kott and Steph Simbari are chill, funny, slightly raunchy. They talk about all things wellness, even the crazy, weird out-there stuff, like ayahuasca.
Listen if: You’re reading your horoscope and drinking a green juice right now.
Tim’s wants to be a cross between Jason Bourne and Tony Robbins and he’s on his way to being just that. He’s plain smart and interviews everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jamie Foxx.
Listen if: You’re looking for life hacks from today’s top minds.
These are just the ones I regularly listen to. Obviously, I pick personal development over anything. There is truly something out there for whatever your fancy. That’s the beauty of it. YOU get to choose.
Why don’t you pick one on iTunes or take my advice and fall asleep to the peaceful sound of Oprah’s soothing voice?
Let me know your top picks in the comments!